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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Tonight is the night.
The family has to flee.
They've been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood.

As the fugitives set off in search of a new home, an ancient story becomes a fable of our times.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published 2015 by Windy Hollow Books
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Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The whole Picturebook is black and it really suits its theme and subject. The ending is open-ended and didn't have the vivid hope expressed in the title.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A very moving picture book by Nadia Wheatley, powerfully illustrated by Armin Greder. Referencing the Holy Family's flight into Egypt, it describes similar situations occurring today in places such as Syria. It portrays the tragedy of refugees forced to flee their homelands in search of safety and peace still continues centuries on. Despite the sense that human race has not yet learnt to resolve such inhumanity over the centuries, the final image provides a glimpse of hope for a better future.
Sharni Benson
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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An interesting picture book showing the journey of refugees escaping a warzone to a refugee camp.

The journey mimics that of Mary and Joseph following the star except their child is already born and the mother is soothing him in her arms.
Michael Earp
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Armin Greder's work, as always, is amazingly powerful. When paired with Nadia Wheatley's poignant text, this book highlights the desperation of refugees.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short, to the point and exquisitely illustrated, this book portrays the trials and tribulations experienced by refugees, no matter what time or place they are in. Although this book is set in ancient times, the issues explored are just as relevant today. The words and pictures blend perfectly together, and are infused with the fear, hurry, barren countrysides, hope, despair, and sometimes relief that all refugees must experience. This book is suitable for adults and older children.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing - This Book made me cry!

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Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Visually gripping, pulling the story and emotions along with the short text perfectly entwined.
Melinda Martin-khan
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a powerful book. Other reviews aptly describe the context of the story, mimicking journey of Mary and Joseph fleeing Bethlehem two centuries ago, and contextualising this in modern day terms in the desert to reflect the plight of today's refugees such as those in Syria.

To take the analogy even further, there is a Bible verse (Mathew 25:40) which reminds Christians that helping others, people in desperate need, is just like helping Jesus himself. And that is how God see it.

Kerry McCaffery
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Making connections between events in history is a key to understanding. Nadia Wheatley’s clever approach to a story of Syrian refugees leaves the reader curious from page one. The illustrations by Armin Greder draw in the audience to this emotional journey. Geder uses very little colour in his beautiful, but haunting illustrations communicate the hopelessness and desperation of the journey. The connection to Mary and Joseph is a clever one, provoking a response from the reader about the current ...more
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Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flight is a refugee story and interestingly, Greder has chosen a biblical feel for the first few illustrations.

The story begins with a mother, father and small baby fleeing through the harsh desert on the back of a donkey. They are following the light of a star to find their way.

We are instantly reminded, with Gerber's haunting, stark drawings that the Nativity scene, one of the central images of the Christian world, is actually a refugee story that so many honour and celebrate every Christmas.

Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have read this several times but only now adding. This is a powerful story of life as a refugee on the run, hoping for a better life. The haunting illustrations are as much a part of the story as the poignant text. A must have for any sophisticated picture book collection.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Comparrison between the flight to Egypt by Jesus and his family and a group of Syrian refugees. Dark and adult.
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